Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

Module summary

Module code: CIVI1018
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Alexander Coutroubis



This course aims at exposing engineering students of diverse background specialisms to a wide range of environmental issues and challenges. Drawing on basic science and engineering principles it enables students to assess specific environmental problems and design solutions that reduce or eliminate their global and local environmental impacts at conceptual and practical levels. It will therefore enable the engineering students to experience a number of different environmental threats, risks and issues and help them develop practical and commercially viable solutions to a wide range of environmental engineering subjects.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
1 Demonstrate a solid understanding of the various environmental risks to the earth’s environment and become proficient in the available environmental engineering solutions.
2 Become critically aware of environmental risk assessment, environmental impact assessments, environmental audits and environmental decision analysis and further demonstrate the ability to analyse the importance of Environmental Policies and the economics of ‘Green’ engineering options.
3 Critically appreciate the importance of ‘green’ engineering alternatives at all levels of engineering practice and further reflect on the resistance in dealing with environmental risk driven by global economic pressures such as the needs of national and regional industrialisation growth and natural resources distribution.

Indicative content

• ‘Environmental Engineering and Science – Overview of Environmental Issues and concepts of ‘Green Engineering’
• Engineering Sustainability
• Environmental Life Cycle Assessments & Environmental Impact Assessment
• Electrical Power Generation & the Environment
• Agriculture, Pharmaceutical Chemicals, Refrigeration and the Environment
• Toxic Metals and Hazardous Chemicals
• Air Pollution, Air Emissions Control and Urban Smog
• Noise Pollution
• Aquatic Environment and the Ozone Hole
• Global Warming & the Greenhouse Effect
• Waste Disposal & Recycling Practices in a Consumer Culture
• Environmental Impact of Transportation
• Environmental Economics– the Future Prospects
• Environmental Risk Assessment & Forecasting
• ISO 14000 and EU Environmental Policy and Regulations
• Renewable Energy Integration and the Hydrogen Economy

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures will provide a conceptual framework of all key areas of environmental engineering, while tutorials will be used for discussion of case studies, exploration of issues, and student presentations. Directed learning will take place outside of lectures and tutorials each week, as students will be required to prepare cases and become aware of changes in environment issues. Students will work in groups of 3-5 for the preparation and presentation of the final coursework. External guest speakers will be invited to supplement teaching when possible.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Assignment 1 Design Task
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):1
Grading Mode Numeric
Weighting % 10%
Pass Mark 50% Overall 50%
Word Length 1,000
Outline Details:Essay

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Assignment 2 Student Inquired Topic
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):2
Grading Mode Numeric
Weighting % 25%
Pass Mark 50% Overall 50%
Word Length 10 - 12 min
Outline Details: Class Presentation

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment:Assignment 3
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):3
Grading Mode Numeric
Weighting % 15%
Pass Mark 50% Overall 50%
Word Length 1,000
Outline Details Essay

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Exam
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these):All
Grading Mode Numeric
Weighting % 50%
Pass Mark 50% Overall 50%
Word Length n/a
Outline Details: Case based 3 hour exam

Are students required to pass all components in order to pass the course? Yes